Houston has won five of their last six

Javier impresses again, Astros shutout Mariners for another win

Cristian Javier continues to impress in 2021. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

After starting this four-game series with a win in the opener Monday night, the Astros tried to continue their recent momentum to take game two on Tuesday night with Cristian Javier on the mound and their full-powered lineup back intact. They would get a great start from Javier and enough offense to back him up, resulting in the win.

Final Score: Astros 2, Mariners 0

Astros' Record: 12-11, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Cristian Javier (3-0)

Losing Pitcher: Marco Gonzales (1-3)

Javier impresses again

Cristian Javier once again impressed on the mound, similar to his last start, but this time going deeper into the game. He would allow just two hits, a single in the top of the first and double in the fourth, along with three walks, otherwise holding the Mariners at bay and off the board for seven complete innings, earning him a quality start. His final line: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 107 P.

Houston gets their fifth win in six games

That would put Javier in line for the win, thanks to his offense getting a couple of runs in the bottom of the fourth. After being held without a hit to that point, Michael Brantley led off with a single, moved to third on a double by Alex Bregman, then scored on a sac fly by Yordan Alvarez. Bregman would later score on an RBI infield single by Kyle tucker, giving Houston the 2-0 lead they would hold through Javier's start.

Brooks Raley would take over in the top of the eighth, posting a 1-2-3 inning with a couple of strikeouts to maintain the two-run lead. Still 2-0 in the top of the ninth, Ryan Pressly would come in to attempt his third save of the season. He would convert it, improving Houston to 5-1 over their last six and giving them a chance to lock up a series win on Wednesday.

Up Next: Game three of this series will be another 7:10 PM start on Wednesday. Zack Greinke (2-1, 2.76 ERA) will try to get his third win of the season for the Astros, going opposite of Justin Dunn (1-0, 3.68 ERA) for the Mariners.

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Another tough loss for the Texans. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans started fast but faltered late as the New York Jets hand Houston their ninth loss of the season 21-14. Here are 11 observations from the game.

1. Starting safety Justin Reid was benched for the game. David Culley said after the game it was his decision as head coach and he would keep the matter internal with Reid.

2. This is the third defender benched for disciplinary reasons this season. Reid joins Zach Cunningham and Desmond King as players who missed time for discipline.

3. Justin Reid told Fox 26 he was benched because he had a disagreement with the coaching staff. He also said he was shocked the Texans benched him. You have to wonder if the “culture” the team is building is right when one of the more likable and personable players falls victim to their rules. Reid, who is a free agent this offseason, could leave the Texans.

4. Tyrod Taylor had a couple of nice plays early on for the Texans. His willingness to take some shots downfield was refreshing and led to a touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

5. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan found the end zone. He has played well in recent weeks after finally getting on the field. Jordan is playing over Jordan Akins as Akins was a healthy scratch again this week.

6. Tytus Howard started at left tackle with mixed results. Howard has struggled to find his way at guard but could be a long-term option at tackle if given the chance.

7. The offensive line overall played poorly after some early success. The pass rush of the Jets got going and the run blocking was poor again. Lane Taylor played at left guard some, with Max Scharping also playing some at that spot.

8. The offense was horrendous after the two scoring drives. The Texans amassed 202 net yards with 91 yards coming on those two scoring drives. Houston gained just 49 net yards after their opening three drives.

9. After the game, I asked David Culley if he would be making a change with his play-caller. Culley stood behind offensive coordinator Tim Kelly and said he would remain the team’s play-caller.

10. Second-year defensive lineman Ross Blacklock had two horrible errors that handed the Jets a chance to turn three points into seven points. Blacklock got a personal foul on a field goal attempt giving the Jets a first down. The very next play his offsides penalty erased a sack. Each week Blacklock falls even more behind a bevy of players drafted after him who contribute positively on a regular basis.

11. The loss to another bottom-dweller has the Texans back in the second spot in the 2022 NFL Draft order. It also feels like the deflating nature of this loss erased some of the good feelings after the victory over the Titans. The Indianapolis Colts come to Houston next week to begin December’s portion of the schedule.

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